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Potluck dinner, need a "Warm side dish" - edited

By jdclyde ·
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Next week is my boys banquet, and I am responsible for bringing a "Warm side dish".

Won't have a lot of time between work and the banquet, so needs to be something quick or something that can be prepared the day before.

Got any ideas? I would love to find something that is unusual, yet tasty. After all, you can only eat so much green bean casserole. :0


And no, I am NOT afraid of making from scratch, provided the ingredients are something I am able to get locally.

Thanks everyone!


EDIT to add: This is for my boys sport banquet. Over 50 kids, and their parents. Does not have to feed everyone, but the kids will be the first into it. It is also about 30 minutes from the time I leave my house with the dish till it will be setup and ready to chow. Forgot to add that restriction. Oops! B-)

Thanks for all the great ideas so far, even the ones that won't work for this occasion. With the holidays coming up, some of them will get used. 30 minutes till my quiche is done.... ;\ I took it upon myself to add some spinach.

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Side note, many in this group don't like "spicy"

by jdclyde In reply to Potluck dinner, need a "W ...
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Maybe something quick like

by IC-IT In reply to Side note, many in this g ...

Ranger Beans
I usually make it with cooked drained hamburger, cheese onions, Bush beans (Bold and the sweeter kind). Easy to make and fairly inexpensive.
Here is another Ranger bean recipe; just drop some of the spicier ingrediants.

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Does that re-heat well?

by jdclyde In reply to Maybe something quick lik ...

The hour cook time would be a problem, unless it is a dish that is just as good the next day as the first.

That, or I will check the site to see if they have a version for the slow cooker.


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Yes and

by IC-IT In reply to Does that re-heat well?

The first abbreviated version, I just do on the stove top first. Then I dump them into a slow cooker, transport, and plug in on low.

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Now, that might work

by jdclyde In reply to Yes and

cook it the day before and throw it in the slow cooker on low as I leave for work.

For a joke, I may take a can of corn and set that on the table..... ;\

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This may not seem like you, but quiche is easy. Or bachelor's chile.

by DelbertPGH In reply to Potluck dinner, need a "W ...

You can have a pie crust ready the night before, uncooked and covered and kept in the fridge. All the other ingredients do not require any prep; you just throw them all into the pie shell and bake at 400 for 50 or 60 minutes.

* pie shell
* 2 cups milk
* 3 eggs
* 1 medium onion, diced
* 4 ounces shredded swiss cheese
* 4 ounces ham, cut into chunks or strips,
or 4 ounces bacon, browned and crumbled
* pepper
* nutmeg

Turn on the oven to 400. Whisk eggs and milk.
Spread the cheese, onion, and ham/bacon in the pie shell.
Sprinkle with a little bit of pepper.
Pour the egg/milk mixture over the top.
Sprinkle a little nutmeg on the top.
Put in the oven for up to an hour. Test by sticking a knife in the center. If it comes out milky, it's not done.

If not quiche, easy chili. Requires the talent of opening cans. Cooks in an hour, reheats easily.

* 1 pound (or more) ground beef
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, sliced
* 1 28-oz (large) can diced tomatoes
* 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
* 1 4-oz can tomato paste
* 8 oz water
* 4 16-oz cans beans (kidney or other kinds)
* black pepper (1/2 tsp or more)
* generous amount of chili powder
* red pepper, if you like it hot

Empty the beans into a strainer and rinse. The thick liquid in the cans is flavorful, but holds most of the farts.

In a large pot, brown the ground beef over medium flame, breaking it into small chunks. Add onion and garlic, season with pepper and a tablespoon of chili powder, cook until onion shines. Add all the other cans and the beans and the water, heat until bubbles start, reduce flame. Start by adding 2 tablespoons of chili powder, taste periodically, add more chili powder to taste. Throw in a light dash of red (cayenne) pepper for a little heat; more if you want it actually hot. Partially cover the pot as it cooks, because it spits.

You can cook this the day before, leave it out overnight, and reheat it in 15 minutes.

Women generally like a quiche, and the man who makes it, unless they are heavily tattooed, in which case, chili. Kids all go for chile.

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Not sure about the potluck dinner

by jdclyde In reply to This may not seem like yo ...

but I think you just solved what is for dinner tonight, quiche. B-)


And yes, I do cook a lot. Even before my divorce, I was the primary cook in the house.

I try to find recipes that don't use a lot of canned or frozen ingredients.

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Forgot: onion for the quiche...

by DelbertPGH In reply to This may not seem like yo ...
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That is the one thing

by jdclyde In reply to Forgot: onion for the qui ...

that has always kept me from having other peoples quiche, the onions. Can't eat them.

Made this for dinner. Thinking bacon would make it better than ham.

I made two, and one is already gone.


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Scalloped Potatoes

by shasca In reply to Potluck dinner, need a "W ...

Layer sliced potatoes, and sliced cooked smoked sausage(Bratwurst,Polish, hotlinks etc.) in a crockpot. add about a cup of milk, and a cup or two of shredded cheddar. Precook until potatoes are still firm and that it won't over cook when left on all the next day.
Way too simple

Heat and forget.

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